As the World Twenty20 tournament draws near, teams are trying to get as much preparation as they can, and this five-match one-day international series between Australia and India is a good way for these two teams to start gearing up for the competition.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Time: 11:20 a.m. local (03:20 a.m. GMT)
Venue: Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Live Stream and TV Info: Channel Nine (Australia), Sky Sport (New Zealand), Super Sport (South Africa), Star Sports (India)
Weather: Overall, the forecast seems good, according to AccuWeather.com. Temperatures will be in the mid 20-degree Celsius range and a shower is possible, but it should not be so bad that the whole match is rained off.
The last time Australia and India played each other in Australia was in the 2015 World Cup semi-final. The Aussies came out on top with a 95-run victory as the visitors' batsmen failed to repeat their exploits from earlier in the series.
The squad India have sent to Australia is one made up of largely familiar faces, though they also have three uncapped players. Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh and Barinder Sran are three names that many people will be unfamiliar with.
Overall, Australia are very much the favourites. They come into this series on the back of a dominant showing against the West Indies in their Test series.
Australia also have a very good record against India at home. The hosts have won 31 of their 43 ODIs played in the country and have lost just 10. Since the start of 2010, they have lost to India just once in Australia in seven fixtures.
With players like David Warner and Aaron Finch, who can take the game away from the opposition in just a few overs, India’s bowlers will have to box clever. They might have to do so without the help of Mohammed Shami, who sustained an injury during their first warm-up match and was not named in the second on Saturday.
India won their first against a Western Australia XI by 74 runs with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli both hitting half-centuries, but neither managed to get into double figures in the second fixture, which was still on the go at the time of writing.
Both of their warm-up fixtures were played at the same venue as the first ODI, so India's players should have familiarised themselves with the conditions.
These warm-up results don’t really tell you much about the state the team is in, though. That will only be revealed in the first fixture and with two monstrous batting lineups, it could be a humdinger.
David Warner comes into this series on the back of an unbeaten 122 off just 103, which he hit in the final Test against the West Indies. While bad weather ensured that match ended in a draw, Warner has clearly had some batting practice and will be key for Australia at the top of the order.
Virat Kohli averages 47.76 against Australia and just 41.33 in Australia. By his standards, these numbers are quite low and there is no doubt that the feisty batsman will have a point to prove after averaging only 36.64 in 2015.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Joel Paris.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan and Barinder Sran.
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